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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems Seal Of


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,833 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Scion tC brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 102012


  • miles


Brakes feel hesitant to stop and slow down, feel like its a safety hazard because, my 17 year old son has to drive this car, and I need to feel that he has a safe, sturdy sort of transportation.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 222010


  • 9,500 miles
At the beginning of 2009, I bought a brand new 2009 Scion Tc from the Toyota dealership. I had not had any issues until Monday 22feb10. At 5:30pm, I attempted to drive the car, having to stop at the stop sign at the end of my street before turning onto the major interstate (rte. 1). upon pressing the brake, the car did not stop. I rolled directly into oncoming traffic on rte 1; luckily, I quickly steered into the middle lane, barely avoiding a collision. I turned into the gas station parking lot beside my street and attempted to stop at the next stop sign connecting the gas station to my street. Again, my brakes failed and I rolled directly into the middle of my street. Thankfully, there was no oncoming traffic at this time, but having my brakes failed twice terrified me. I have contacted Toyota but no one seems very willing to help. The service manager of the dealership is going to have the Scion Tc towed to the shop this morning to inspect the car. I have heard from several people that they are experiencing brake failures in their Toyota and Scion as well. Again, it is a brand new 2009 Scion Tc with 9500 miles on it. The car has only ever been serviced at the Toyota dealership. It recently passed state inspection as well.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 022009


  • 8,000 miles
While parking at a restaurant parking lot my brakes did not want to engage and ended up hitting a trash can at about 5 mph it just happened that one time. One fender had minor damages. Took the car to get serviced up and the brakes were replaced by the car dealership at no cost with the car under 8000 miles

- None, CA, USA

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